Paul "Pete" Hillis, Sr.
He came into this world kicking and screaming in 1943. According to his mother, she could hear the air raid horns sounding as well. Born July 10, Paul "Pete" Hillis, Sr. left this world on February 1, 2014. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, he attended local catholic schools in the area, including Salesianum High School. After high school, he went into the plumbing trade and found his calling in life. He remained in Delaware until he set his sights on California. He eventually settled in Lakewood and after 4 years of working for a local plumbing contractor, he decided to start his own company. Pete's Plumbing was officially started on July 1, 1972 and was still under his direction (although he was supposed to be "retired") until his passing. Pete is survived by his wife of 32 years, Patty, and his children, Pete Hillis, Jr. (Carrie), Bud Hillis, Tony Hillis (Janell), Taylor Harer (Dave), and Joshua Hillis, as well as his grandchildren and great-children. He is also survived by his brother, Walter Kruzienski of Aston, Pennsylvania, and nieces and nephews (who always referred to themselves as "his favorite"). And sadly, he was preceded in death by his son, Dwayne Hillis, his mother, Agnes Ciccaglione Kruzienski, his father, Walter Hillis, and his brothers, Buddy Hillis and Donnie Hillis. His larger than life personality leaves a definite void in the lives of the people who knew him. But he will live on through the retelling of his outrageous stories, jokes, and shenanigans. While reading this, those who knew him can close their eyes, picture his smile, and laugh while recalling a shared moment with him that will live in their heart. And, of course, he will be remembered for his passion for life, fierce sense of loyalty and the things he believed in. Funeral arrangements are being handled by White's Funeral Home, 9903 Flower Avenue, Bellflower, California. His viewing will be Thursday, February 6th, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A funeral mass celebrating his life will be held the following day, Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 18708 Clarkdale Avenue, Artesia, California. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Feb. 6, 2014